N.H.L. Playoffs: Golden Knights and Lightning Advance


Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopping a shot by San Jose’s Tomas Hertl in the second period of Sunday’s game.

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Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves in his fourth shutout of the playoffs, and the expansion Vegas Golden Knights are headed to the Western Conference finals in their inaugural season after beating the Sharks, 3-0, in San Jose on Sunday in Game 6 of their second-round series.

Jonathan Marchessault opened the scoring, Nate Schmidt added an insurance goal that was detectable only on replay, and Cody Eakin sealed the victory with an empty-net goal, helping Vegas become just the third team in N.H.L. history to win more than one playoff series in its first season.

The Toronto Arenas won the Stanley Cup in the first postseason in league history, in 1918, and St. Louis won two rounds for the title in the all-expansion West Division in 1968.

Next up for Fleury and Vegas will be the conference finals against Winnipeg or Nashville. The Jets lead that series by three games to two heading into Game 6 on Monday night.

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